Amy Adams | American Hustle
And the nominees are: Dame Judi Dench for her performance in Philomena, Meryl Streep for her performance in August: Osage County, Sandra Bullock for her performance in Gravity, Cate Blanchett for her performance in Blue Jasmine, and Amy Adams for her performance in American Hustle.
Dame Judi: A lot of Dame Dench’s role in Philomena was built around her character being the affable goodhearted old woman. Its not hard, all you have to do is be out of touch with technology, pop culture, and current slang. To make matters worse, I didn’t find Dench’s character that endearing or funny.
Meryl Streep: I haven’t seen August: Osage County and chances are I am not going to. The movie seems to be very good but isn’t quite my cup of tea. I’ve only heard good things about Streep’s performance and, well, c’mon its Meryl Streep. Never count Meryl Streep out of the running for an Oscar.
Sandra Bullock: It’s really easy to stand out in a film where you are the only character on screen for about 80% of the movie. If Bullock wins she should give the award to Redford who had a much better solo performance.
Cate Blanchett: I was so excited to see Woody Allen’s new movie this year and was even more amped up when I hear how good Blanchett’s performance was supposed to be. Both the movie and the performance disappointed. Blanchett plays a sour-faced, pseudo-insane, divorcee. Instead of crafting her character in an intriguing idiosyncratic fashion, Blanchett’s character turns out to be a bland uninspiring self-pitying loser. Blanchett bored me.
Amy Adams: In a film where the actors are playing characters who are acting to fool other characters played by actors, its essential for the performances to be convincing. Adams performance was confusingly convincing, in the best way. At some points during American Hustle, I had to ask myself, “Who’s side is this chick really on?” and “Wait, does she really have a British accent?”. Her performance carried the movie, in my opinion. She kept me guessing the entire time. It takes a special performance to deliver require that level of intrigue and involvement.